Were you using a ride-sharing service as your form of transportation when you were hit by another vehicle? If so, you may not need to worry because your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering should be covered by auto insurance.
When you are riding in a vehicle, the driver-owner of the car is required to have auto insurance. Most ride-sharing company also offer insurance for their drivers just as long as they keep their phone logged in to their app while transporting clients.
The driver of the other car is also required to have auto insurance coverage. The insurance policy of the at-fault driver takes primary responsibility for the damages.
Because these kinds of accidents are very complicated, you should consult with a personal injury attorney.
What Causes Crashes Involving a Ride-Sharing Service?
Just like any other car accident, a vehicle can run into an Uber vehicle, or any ride-sharing serice, for many reasons. It can be the result of distracted driving, driving under the influence, speeding, mechanical problems, or many other reasons.
Regardless of the cause of these accidents, many times they cannot be avoided by the driver. These crashes can cause life-altering injuries and even lead to long-term disabilities.
If you are injured because of being hit by a car while taking a ride-sharing service, you should seek immediate medical care for your injuries. Make sure you maintain detailed records and thorough documentation to support your claim.
This means photographs of the injuries and damage, evidence from the crash scene, copy of the police report, statements from those who witnessed the accident, and your detailed medical records and physician notes.
Proving Who is At Fault
It is obvious who is at fault in some accidents. As a hypothetical example, if your driver is using an app on his phone instead of focusing on the road and rear-ends the car in front of him, he would most likely be at fault.
On the other hand, if a driver runs a red light at an intersection and hits the driver’s vehicle, the other driver is most likely to be at fault. The at fault driver’s insurance is liable for covering your medical costs, lost wages, and your pain and suffering.
After a driver has been determined to be at fault, the insurance company is not going to offer you an adequate settlement to cover all your damages.
To ensure you are treated fairly, you should consult with a personal injury attorney who will work to protect your interests and work for a fair settlement based on your injuries and their severity.
The Role of a Personal Injury Attorney
A personal injury will work for you to help you will your claim. Your lawyer will make sure you get the compensation that you deserve. He or she will thoroughly investigate the accident and make sure your claim is given the proper consideration.
During the process, your attorney will review police reports, photographs, evidence, medical records, your statement, and any other documentation that is available.
Your lawyer will also consider any long-term disabilities resulting from the accident.
The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Uber, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.